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Tuesday, July 1 -- Monday, July 7

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  • The Lunchbox

    photo for A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai, a city that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in their virtual relationship, one that could jeopardize both their realities. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Ritesh Batra. Vitals: Director: Ritesh Batra. Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 104 min., Romantic Drama, Box office gross: $3.428 million, Sony. 3 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Bring It On (2000)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980 -- Italy)
  • Cry-Baby (1990)
  • The Final Terror (1983)
  • Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  • The Little Rascals (1994)
  • Operation Petticoat (1959)

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All DVD Releases

Afflicted (2013) Derek Lee, Clif Prowse. Horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted, and they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Afflicted: Behind the Scenes," "Anatomy of a Scene: The Window Jump," deleted scenes. (Sony).

Anna Karenina (1977) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the BBC miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, which aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in 1978. Formats: DVD, $59.99. (Acorn Media).

Bring It On BLU-RAY DEBUT (2000) Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union. Extras: "Spotlight on Location: The Making of Bring It On," home movie of the car wash scene, wardrobe and makeup tests, Blaque "As If" music video, theatrical trailer, commentary with director Peyton Reed. (Universal).

Cannibal Holocaust BLU-RAY DEBUT (1980 -- Italy) Robert Kerman, Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile. Banned and heavily censored the world over, here is a film that surpasses its reputation as a shot-gun blast to the senses. A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the "found footage" shot by a lost photo for Cannibal Holocaust BLU-RAY DEBUTteam of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes and who experienced brutal death at the hands of the savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. This footage is so intense, so graphic and so unflinching in its realism that the director and producer of "Cannibal Holocaust" were arrested upon its original release and the film seized. Nothing you have seen before will prepare you for this uncompromising masterpiece of cinematic nihilism. New hi-definition digital restoration of the original director's cut with stereo re-mix and original mono mix. Formats: Three-disc set: two Blu-rays, one DVD. Extras: Two commentary tracks -- with director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman, and with stars Carl Yorke and Francesca Ciardi; new in-depth interviews with Ruggero Deodato, Francesca Ciardi, assistant director/co-star Salvo Basile (shot in Columbia) and cameraman Roberto Forges Davazati; vintage interviews with Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke and Oscar-nominated composer Riz Ortolani; extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers from around the world; bonus CD of the original soundtrack album by Riz Ortolani, newly remastered in 24bit/96khz sound from the original studio master tapes; glossy 24-page booklet containing liner notes by director Eli Roth, legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun, Euro-music expert Gergely Hubai and Italian exploitation film authority Martin Biene; reversible cover with original art by notorious illustrator Rick Melton; nine Easter eggs including the Grindhouse Releasing theatrical re-release premiere and Necrophagia music video directed by Jim VanBebber; more. (Grindhouse Releasing/CAV Distributing).

Cry-Baby BLU-RAY DEBUT (1990) Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords. Extras: "It Came From Baltimore," commentary with director John Waters. (Universal).

photo for The Final Terror BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD The Final Terror BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1983) Dir.: Andrew Davis; John Friedrich, Rachel Ward, Adrian Zmed, Mark Metcalf, Daryl Hannah, Ernest Harden Jr., Joe Pantoliano. One of the most sought-after and long-lost slasher films from the 80s, about a group of young campers out for what they hope will be a fun-filled weekend who find their plans spoiled by a disguised, merciless killer who stalks the forest in search of new victims. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interviews with actors Adrian Zmed and Lewis Smith, post production supervisor Allan Holzman and composer Susan Justin; commentary with director Andrew Davis; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Helix: The Complete First Season (2014) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the sci-fi series about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary on select episodes; four featurettes: "Ronald D. Moore: The Outlier of Science Fiction," "The Future of Disease," "The Art of Isolation," "Dissecting the Characters"; deleted scenes, outtakes. Blu-ray adds two featurettes: "Writing the Tension" and "Fabricating the Plague." (Sony).

Hinterland, Series 1 (2013) Filmed on location in the starkly beautiful coastal town of Aberystwyth, this series follows DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington), a brilliant, brooding loner newly arrived in this isolated land of mountainous terrain and close-knit villages after 10 years with Londonís Metropolitan Police, who confronts a series of mystifying murders. Four-disc set with four feature-length episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes clips, Welsh show reel, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).

Infliction (2013) Horror thriller of found footage taken from the cameras used by two psychotic brothers who documented a murder spree in North Carolina in 2011. Written and directed by Jack Thomas Smith. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Virgil Films).

Kindergarten Cop BLU-RAY DEBUT (1990) Dir.: Ivan Reitman; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Richard Tyson, Carroll Bake, Cathy Moriarty. (Universal).

Like Father, Like Son (2013 -- Japan) Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono. When a successful businessman driven by money learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

The Little Rascals BLU-RAY DEBUT (1994) Travis Tedford, Kevin Jamal Woods, Jordan Warkol, Zachary Mabry, Ross Bagley, Brittany Ashton Holmes. (Universal).

Lovejoy, Series 1 (1986) Three-disc set with 10 episodes featuring Ian McShane as a roguish antiques dealer who can't resist a well-honed con -- especially when he can help the less fortunate. Formats: DVD, $49.99. (Acorn Media).

The Lunchbox (2014 -- India) Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Ritesh Batra. (Sony).

photo for Monster High: Clawesome Double Feature Monster High: Clawesome Double Feature (2014) Two short Monster High features about the everyday, relatable life of teens in high school. Except these students just happen to be monsters. They brave the horrors of high school, facing the same trials and tribulations as everyone else -- the social aspects of fitting in, standing out, crushes, first dances ... and overall survival. The two movies: "Fright On!" and "Escape From Skull Shores." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).

No Vacancy (aka The Helpers) (2012) Christopher Michael Jones, Jo Jo Wright, Dallas Lovato. Seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas are forced to stop at a roadside motel for help when their car breaks down, where they're trapped, tortured and killed off one at a time. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). photo for No Vacancy (aka The Helpers) Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews. (Lionsgate).

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam (2013 -- Vietnam) Dustin Nguyen, Ngo Thanh, Roger Yuan. While on a mission to retrieve fugitives in Vietnam, Dao, a commander in the Emperor's army, finds himself in the middle of a deadly conflict raging between a tyrannical crime boss, and the peaceful town that he has under his thumb. But when Dao realizes that Ahn, the beautiful monk warrior who fled the Emperor's army is living a secretive new life there, he must choose between upholding his oath to the Emperor, and fighting to preserve Ahn's cherished town. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "In the Front: Once Upon a Time in Vietnam Behind-the-scenes" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Operation Petticoat BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1959) Dir.: Blake Edwards; Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Dick Sargent, Virginia Gregg. (Olive Films).

Scavenger Killers (2013) Robert Bogue, Rachael Robbins, Eric Roberts, Charles Durning, Robert Loggia, Dustin Diamond, Suzi Lorraine, Angela Little. Modern spin on the Bonnie and Clyde legend in which a charming judge and a hot criminal defense attorney go on a maniacal killing rampage in the name of justice. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes, behind-the-FX, footage from the world premiere at the 2013 Hoboken International Film Festival. (Midnight Releasing).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, the Bad, and Casey Jones (2013) Six episodes from the second season, $14.99. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection) Seventeen essential must-have episodes: "Walking Distance," "Time Enough at Last," "The Hitch-Hiker," "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," "A Stop at Willoughby," "The After Hours," "The Howling Man," "The Eye of the Beholder," "Nick of Time," "The Invaders," "The Obsolete Man," "It's a Good Life," "The Midnight Sun," "To Serve Man," "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," "Living Doll" "The Masks." Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Image Entertainment).

photo for Vinyl Vinyl (2012) Phil Daniels, Jamie Blackley, Perry Benson, Keith Allen, Julia Ford. Based on Mike Peters' (of the Alarm) true rock-and-roll hoax of 2004, this wry British film follows a washed-up rocker who hoodwinks top record labels, radio DJs and the entire rock music world by releasing his new pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band's name. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).

A Young Doctor's Notebook: Season One (2012 -- TV) Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this dark and brilliantly hilarious four-part comedy noir -- set on the eve of the Russian Revolution -- based on the semi-autobiographical short stories by the celebrated Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Formats: DVD, $19.96. Extras: Behind-the-Scenes featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).

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